From 1914 till Ukraine: an exhibition of Ukrainian artists about the century of wars in Europe in Stuttgart

18 april, 2023

The painting of Otto Dix at the exhibition "From 1914 till Ukraine", 2023, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Photo: Gerald Ulmann
The exhibition From 1914 till Ukraine runs until July 23 at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in Germany. It brings together the works of contemporary Ukrainian artists and German painter Otto Dix. With the ongoing war waged by Russia against Ukraine, the project offers a discussion about the century of wars in Europe and it’s future.   

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is famous for its collection of works by Otto Dix, an essential German painter and graphic artist of the 20th century, who depicted the horrors that war brings to society. At the invitation of Anne Vieth, the museum’s curator, Kateryna Semenyuk and Oksana Dovgopolova developed the concept of the project that is integrated into the permanent exhibition space. In the museum halls Großstadt (Metropolis) and Krieg (War), works by Otto Dix from the period of the First and Second World Wars meet the post-2014 works by Ukrainian artists Andrii Sahaidakovskyi, Andrii Rachynskyi and Daniil Revkovskyi, Katya Buchatska, and Denys Salivanov, as well as a collective sound project by Maksym Ivanov, Viktor Konstantinov, Ivan Skoryna, Kseniia Shcherbakova, and Kseniia Yanus.

Andrii Rachynskyi, Daniil Revkovskyi. Mickey Mouse's Steppe. Archives, 2023. Courtesy of the artists. (Mickey Mouse was a nickname the German military gave to destroyed BT-7 and T-34-76 tanks of the 1942 model during WWII)

With the beginning of the First World War in 1914, the old, quite stable order of Europe collapsed. The war was a turning point, and its consequences are experienced even today. According to British historian Eric Hobsbawm, the “long 19th century” — from the French Revolution to 1914 — was followed by the “short 20th century,” which ended in 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union, the last empire. Today, however, we see that Russia continues to assert imperial claims to power, even strengthening these by conquering countries that previously existed within the borders of the USSR. The 20th century is still going on — when will it end?

Curators — Kateryna Semenyuk, Oksana Dovgopolova, Anne Vieth. Organizers — cultural memory platform Past / Future / Art, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Partners — Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Rave Stiftung. Some of the presented works were provided by the collector Pavlo Martynov and the public organization “Museum of Contemporary Art” (MOCA NGO)

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Kleiner Schloßplatz 1, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany.
The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday until July 23, 2023.

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